This week, I attended the annual South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Of course, I was proud entering the Convention Center knowing that, for the second year in a row, Richland One was home to a finalist for the state’s top teaching honor. This fact alone was enough to ensure that it would be a great evening.
On went the recognitions and acknowledgements. Then came the envelope and the announcement. Needless to say, we all were elated as our own Jennifer Wise’s name was called! There were cheers of joy and tears of pride from the Richland One family in attendance, including two students from her classes.
I am very excited for Jennifer and her family for her accomplishment and recognition as she represents teachers across the South Carolina in the upcoming year. At the same time, I am even more excited that she represents the teachers here in Richland One.
In Richland One, we are proud of our students and the many programs that they participate in – talent abounds!
That said, we held the Richland One Academic Literacy Challenge for Student-Athletes this week. Our student-athletes had the opportunity to demonstrate their writing and research skills through essays and oral presentations. This is another great example of the student-athlete in action.
Our students have been working on their research-based essays over a period of time and presented their defenses before a panel of judges. Thank you to the judges and staff that supported our students this year. Moreover, congratulations to our student-athletes, winners on and off the field!
I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Spring Break, pollen notwithstanding! Now it’s time to get back to teaching and learning in the last months of this school year.
Speaking of teaching and learning, this week I had the opportunity to attend the National Junior Beta Club induction program at W.A. Perry Middle School. I appreciated the eighth-grade officers who led the program speaking about the mission of the club – achievement, character, leadership and service. I also was excited about the number of sixth-grade and seventh-grade students who were being inducted as well. This means that they will have an opportunity to build on their achievements and their leadership abilities in their school community.
Congrats to the students, parents and staff at Perry for building leaders for today and tomorrow!